Great Northern, Canada

Great Northern in Ontario, Canada, is a successful tomato producer in a competitive and fast-growing market. Key to their success is not only the fact that they stand out from the competition, but also their cost-effective operational management. Investing in new systems has contributed to this success, because ‘to stand still is to fall behind’ as they say. One of these systems is HortiMaX Productive, which allows growers to make considered management decisions based on the most up-to-date information. We talked to Guido van het Hof about greenhouse management systems.

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HortiMaX Productive meets all our expectations

Dutch cucumber producer 'Hogervorst' opted for HortiMaX Productive in 2013. Productive is the successor of P-Plus and offers the most complete range of labour and production reporting capabilities available today. The system is used successfully all over the world, in both open field and protected horticulture, such as vegetable, fruit, ornamental or pot plant cultivation. The software was designed to provide employees with maximum flexibility and independence. Hogervorst is more than pleased with the system, which has already paid for itself.

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HortiMaX Productive motivates staff and ensures fair pay at United Farms

With three locations totalling nearly 30ha of greenhouses and around 500 workers, keeping track of everyone’s activities is a job in itself. In 2014 Mexican tomato producer United Farms installed a new version of the HortiMaX Productive labour and production registration software. This allows more efficient allocation of labour and ensures workers are correctly paid for the jobs they do.

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“iManager helps get a grip on costs”


“The main advantage of HortiMaX’s iManager? It provides clear insight into our costs. That insight is essential to get a grip on costs and take control of them. If you want to keep the cost price low – and who doesn’t? – you need to know exactly what your costs are.” We spoke with Kees Goedendorp of Dutch tomato nursery Van der Voort. At the site in ’s-Gravenzande he took the time to share his experience working with iManager.


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Upcoming events


20-22 February
Gorinchem, The Netherlands

Shouguang Veg. Expo
20-22 March
Shouguang, China

9-11 May 2018, Booth #1342
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

Hortiflorexpo IPM
9-12 May
Beijing, China

12-14 June
Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands

Cultivate '18
14-17 July
Columbus, OH, USA

Canadian Greenhouse Conference
3+4 October
Niagra Falls, Canada

Expo AgroAlimentaria
13-16 November
Irapuato Mexico